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Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming


Dr Peter Kevan is Emeritus Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo and Ottawa University, Canada and a Research Associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Royal Botanical Garden. Professor Kevan is internationally renowned for his research on the biology and conservation of bees and other pollinators, with over 200 publications on these topics. Amongst other honours, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Entomological Society and the Royal Society of Biology.

Dr D. Susan Willis Chan works in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph where she conducts research in entomology, ecology and biology, as well as working with Canadian farmers on conserving pollinators. Susan is a species expert on the ground-nesting hoary squash bee and has a strong interest in all aspects of agroecology.



Publication date:

20 December 2022

Length of book:

414 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801460989

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“This very timely book provides a comprehensive exploration of the current status of pollinators in farming and the strategies to promote pollination by insects other than honeybees. The editors, Peter Kevan and Susan Willis Chan, have assembled contributions from a large number of experts in the area of crop pollination, bee ecology and pathology…this book presents a state-of-the-art account of an essential topic and will remain a very useful resource for years to come. The Burleigh Dodds series in agricultural science aims to provide researchers with advice for sustainable food production. This volume does more than that: it will be a go-to reference not only for researchers but also for farmers and agronomists, policymakers and NGOs interested in learning about advances in techniques and protocols in promoting a crucial ecosystem service.” (Dr Katja Hogendoorn, The University of Adelaide, Australia)

It has been reported that up to 95% of all flowering plants require the services of other organisms to move pollen from male to female flower parts during the pollination process. These organisms, including bees, are collectively known as pollinators. However, in light of the growing evidence of global declines in pollinator species, the management, ecology and conservation of wild and managed pollinators is a subject of growing importance and research activity.

Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming reviews the wealth of research on our current understanding of existing pollination processes and their importance to our global ecosystems. The book considers how pollinators interact with plants, as well as the major threats to pollinator species, including climate change, diseases and pesticide exposure.

Through its comprehensive exploration of the current status of pollinators in farming, the book provides its readers with the knowledge required to promote pollination by protecting the world’s pollinators species and the ecosystem services they deliver using techniques such as habitat conservation.

What others are saying...

“Pollinators, and the pollination services that they provide, are a vital component of sustainable global agriculture. The editors have assembled a wonderful set of researchers to present the latest findings about the importance of pollinators, why many populations are declining, and what can be done about it. This volume promises to be a widely read, state-of-the-art account of an essential topic that will be a useful resource for years to come."(Professor Jeff Ollerton, author of ‘Pollinators & Pollination: Nature and Society’ and Visiting Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Northampton, UK)

“Now more than ever we need to sustainably manage pollination services to bolster global food and nutritional security. This book brings together an internationally excellent team to synthesise state of the art knowledge on the threats to and mitigation responses for pollinators and pollination in agro-ecosystems. It promises to be a go to reference for academics, agri-food industry, policy makers and NGOs.” (Professor Simon Potts, University of Reading, UK and Co-Chair of the UN IPBES global assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production)

“This book is highly recommended for farmers and agronomists interested in learning about advances in techniques and protocols employed currently by conservation biologists and field ecologists. These chapters show authors combining the traditional with the practical, theoretical, and controversial with great enthusiasm and attention to critical details.” (Professor Peter Bernhardt, author of ‘The Rose’s Kiss: A Natural History of Flowers’, Research Associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden, USA and 2022 recipient of the Peter Raven Award for Public Outreach of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists)

Table of contents

Part 1 Understanding pollinators and pollination
1.What is pollination and what are pollinators in agriculture?: Seanne Clemente and Lynn Adler, University of Massachusetts, USA;
2.The role and application of olfaction in crop plant–pollinator interactions: Sarah E. J. Arnold, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK and Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania; Alison S. Scott-Brown, University of Cambridge and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK; and Philip C. Stevenson, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK;
3.The role of wind pollination in crop plants: Stephen Murphy, University of Waterloo, Canada;

Part 2 Threats to pollinators
4.Assessing climate change impacts on pollinators: Kit Prendergast, Curtin University, Australia;
5.Assessing the impact of disease on pollinators: Patrycja Pluta and Robert J. Paxton, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany;
6.How neonicotinoid insecticides affect bees and other pollinators: D. Susan Willis Chan, University of Guelph, Canada;
7.Assessing the impact of pesticides on pollinators: Christian Maus, Bayer AG, Germany; Anne Alix, Corteva Agriscience, UK; and Daniel R. Schmehl, Bayer CropScience LP, USA;
8.Assessing the impact of alien bees on native ones: M. Zakardjian, H. Jourdan, V. Le Féon and B. Geslin, Aix-Marseille University, Avignon University, CNRS, IRD, IMBE, Marseille, France;

Part 3 Promoting pollinators and pollination
9.The role of habitat conservation and restoration in protecting pollinators in agricultural landscapes: Stephen Buchmann, University of Arizona, USA;
10.Altering crop management practices to promote pollinators: Jose G. Franco, USDA ARS, USA; and Rachel E. Mallinger, University of Florida, USA;
11.Ecological network approaches for promoting pollinators in agriculture: Darren M. Evans and Fredric M. Windsor, Newcastle University, UK;
12.Best management practices for pollinator protection in US apple production: Julianna K. Wilson, Michigan State University, USA; David Biddinger, Penn State University, USA; David Epstein, Northwest Horticultural Council, USA; Anne Nielsen, Rutgers University, USA; Ngoc Phan, University of Arkansas, USA; Jim Walgenbach, North Carolina State University, USA; and Neelendra K. Joshi, University of Arkansas, USA;
13.Entomovectoring: using pollinators to spread biocontrol agents: Jari Temmermans, Ghent University and Antwerp University, Belgium; Marie Legein and Sarah Leeber, Antwerp University, Belgium; and Guy Smagghe, Ghent University, Belgium;